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an extreme attack on core democratic policies. they are now pushing a far right agenda to go take down union rights and women's rights. we've seen this in wisconsin and ohio and virginia. now, it's in michigan. president obama went to an au auto-plan where he ripped the gop plan and crippled the state's labor unions. >> what we shouldn't be doing is taking away your rights to bargain for better wages. [ applause ] >> you know, these so called right to work laws, they don't have to do with economics, they have everything to do with politics. what they're really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money. you only have to look to michigan where workers were instrumental in reviving the auto industry to see how unions have helped build not just the stronger middle class, but a stronger america. >> the president is right. it's not about economics. it is about politics. the state's republican governor, rick snyder, says he'll sign the right to work bill into law. even though he opposed this kind of anti-union push earlier this year. >> right to work is an issue that's a very dev
bills designed to cripple unions. and take away workers' rights even though earlier this year he said such a move would be quote, divisive and inappropriate. snyder signed the bills despite protests from more than 10,000 people who descended on the state capitol in a massive push back against this shameless power play from the republicans. >> right the work is wrong! right the work is wrong! >> he lied to us. he lied to us on numerous occasions. >> veto! veto! >> kill the bill! kill the bill! >> the protests were passionate and grew tense. in this video from the state's aclu, you can see police actually using pepper spray on some of the demonstrators. the issue in michigan is the republican legislature ramming through a so-called right to work bill. with no warning and no hearings. but the fight is bigger than michigan. it's a fight about worker rights and civil rights across the country. this country, the american people, rejected this kind of extremism on election day. but republicans didn't get the message. gop lawmakers ignored the outcry in the halls of the capitol to pass two bi
office. >>> welcome back. now, you and i may think the big story in the michigan union fight is that more than 12,000 people turned out in the freezing cold to peacefully prote protest the republican powergram taking away worker's rights. but the folks over at fox news have a different version. to them, the real story is that one guy took a swing at another guy. here's the video they've had on a loop in the last 24 hours. aparentally, showing a protest to hitting a man who turned out to be a fox news contributor. >> now, there is no excuse for violence. but there are some important things to know about this. one, the video has been edited and we don't know exactly what happened before the incident. two, it happened at a tent set up by the coke brothers, americans for prosperity. why did an anti-union group set up a tent in the middle of a pro-union rally? we don't know. but we do know that over on fox news they went crazy using this to cover up the real story. >> now, you can see on the screen left is a fox news contributor. and he was in lansing today. he was viciously assaulted by a uni
that strips union power. president obama just responded to this. we're live in michigan tonight. >>> and it's a political battle for the ages. we'll tell you why first lady michelle obama and former president bill clinton are going head to head. you're watching "politicsnation" on msnbc. >>> i just spotted mitt romney at costco again. go ahead and return that oval rug you ordered. [ male announcer ] now's the perfect time to buy an adjustable version of the most highly recommended bed in america. the tempur-pedic ergo system. treat yourself to the ultimate sleep experience and save up to $400 during the tempur ergo savings event. plus visit tempurpedic.com for full details on our 0% apr financing with up to five years to pay. don't wait. five-year special financing ends december 10th. visit tempurpedic.com now. tempur-pedic. the most highly recommended bed in america. >>> have you joined it the "politicsnation" conversation on facebook yet? we hope you will. today everyone was speculating about what jim demint's resignation means with the tea party. he says they are definitely weak tea. sus
marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman. the court also announced it will decide where the california's proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, is constitutional. voters in california passed prop 8 four years ago but since then two courts have said it is unconstitutional. american's views on this issue have shifted rapidly, to where the majority of americans now support same-sex marriage. the cases will be heard in march. a ruling is expected in june. these decisions will have you judge for fairness in this country. one reporter described this case as the roe versus wade of gay rights. we have three special guests tonight. joining me now is richard, a former white house advicer to former president clinton and equality matters, a guy rights advocacy rights group. dustin, activist and award-winning screenwriter of the movie "milk." he's helped to lead the charge to overturn proposition 8. and jonathan capehart, opinion writer for "the washington post" and an msnbc contributor. let me thank you both for joining me tonight. >> thanks, rev. >> richard, what does this me
is going to put it in the state of the union message. i think republicans are going to be in real trouble if they block that. they're going to face the same problem on immigration reform. as we just heard, and i think it's a brilliant analysis, their brand is damaged. but they can't repair their brand with some kind of pr campaign. as i said earlier, the republicans are going to move or they're going to be blamed for lack of progress. one other thing, if they think they can hurt democrats by slowing this economy as much as possible, they already tried that. it didn't work out very well in 2012. >> in november, the new york times reported that the president wanted to be a transformational figure. but that's a very, very tricky thing. and it's a hard mountain to climb. let me read what they wrote. the president once envisioned himself in the pant on and the president enters his next term far more than he intended to be. it faces what may be the climatic challenge of his political career. without a mandate, a healthy economy or willing republican partners. is it obama keeps facing the immedi
. and i think he can't wait until the state of the union address in january to address it. it's got to do some things quickly. >> now, you're a historian. give me the historic view of where this would line up with other historic speeches by presidents in the time of crisis. >> well, i mention those two to you. but i think one has to look at this as a time of action now. you look at when john f. kennedy was killed and lyndon johnson came in with we must overcome. but it wasn't just a speech. it had legislation associated. with had a santa barbara oil spill and the country was horrified. the environmental protection act came. life throws you curve balls. this is a big, sad one. and the president now is going to have to put gun control ahead of immigration reform, which was going to be the beginning of the second term, as a number one priority of the country. >> the president had tax reform and now he's going to have to deal with gun control and gun control moves up. at the same time, he's had to comfort. when i look at the photos of him meeting with the sandy hook victim's families before l
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